Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jan 2010 22:22 UTC, submitted by aaronb
Mozilla & Gecko clones After a number of delays, Mozilla today released version 3.6 of the successful Firefox web browser. It brings with it numerous improvements and new features, and of course speed improvements are welcomed, too.
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Love it.
by JeffS on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:19 UTC
JeffS
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2005-07-12

For me, this is the best release of Firefox in a long time.

Over the last year or so, I've been tending toward the other browsers - Chrome, Safari, Opera, due to big speed improvements in those browsers (especially Chrome, which I was using most).

But with Chrome, it's a little sparse feature-wise, and it's appearance is really primitive.

But with Firefox 3.6, speed has been greatly improved, in terms of both launch time and page rendering. Also, memory usage has been reduced, and it's been made more robust in handling plug-ins. And the new Tracemonkey Javascript engine is great (and fast).

To add to the under the hood improvements, I really like the new Personas. It's really very nice to have over 33,000 LnF's just a click away, and with it not being bloated.

And of course, Firefox Add-ons are second to none. Everyone who uses Firefox has their favorites, and those favs become difficult to do without when using other browsers. For me, it's ReminderFox, MinimizeToTray, and the eMusic toolbar.

Finally, Firefox, for me, has been the best all-around browser for rendering myriad websites. It seems Firefox can handle anything (whether it's bad web development, IE6 style sites, or just bloated flash stuff, or even elegant CSS/DHTML).

With the big speed improvements, and lessened memory usage, Firefox 3.6 is near on par with Chrome, but with a much richer feature set and a much more attractive environment.

Now I'm back to Firefox as my everyday browser.

These are halcyon days for Browsers - Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari - they're all in a race, and constantly leapfrogging each other, for the benefit of end users.

Then there's poor, pathetic IE - in spite of big improvements, it's woefully behind the others, and a big security nightmare. It's a wonder anybody uses it anymore, and a wonder MS hasn't trashed it and started anew.

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RE: Love it.
by Dryhte on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 18:23 in reply to "Love it."
Dryhte Member since:
2008-02-05

Love it too ;)

but the persona's don't seem to be working for me. Maybe because I'm on xpize, I don't know...

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RE: Love it.
by Lennie on Sat 23rd Jan 2010 09:53 in reply to "Love it."
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Finally, Firefox, for me, has been the best all-around browser for rendering myriad websites. It seems Firefox can handle anything

Firefox is really good, but their is actually a second reason. Webdevelopers used to have IE as their primary development browser (you had to and their wasn't much else at the time of IE5.x and early IE6). We all know what that caused.

Now Firefox has the webdeveloper-toolbar and especially Firebug add-on and it's cousins, which a lot of webdevelopers use. Firefox 3.5/3.6 has the largest market share. So the webdeveloper knows what a page will look like for the visitor. Also the organisation behind Firefox is really commited to developing a browser that follows all the standards.

Also no sane webdeveloper wants to use IE anymore other then testing things and seeing things fail. Every webdeveloper has a lot of hate for IE.

What is even worse, no webdeveloper understands (other then slow market convergence) why anyone wants to use IE.

IE is slow, very buggy, less secure and the company developing it, doesn't really want fix or develop it.

It is constantly trying to balance between 2 things, not to lose market share on the desktop-apps to the web-apps and on the other side not have IE loose to much market share in the browser-department.

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